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This had a very minimal effect on me, since I only had one story on the old Yuletide Treasure site, from the 2008 exchange. I didn't participate in Yuletide Madness that year, and by 2009 stories were posted to AO3 though signups were still on the old site. (That was an, um, interesting year. Yeah.)

I'd been holding off on manually posting the story in question to AO3, since I figured that would cause complications with the eventual wholesale archive import. It took a LOT LONGER for the import to happen than I think anyone was expecting, but lo and behold, my story is now up on AO3 with no difficulties.

Here it is: To Be of Use: When Joris was seven his family sold him to the Sarkoy Agency, which was a reputable trading house affiliated with the Cardsburg municipal slave mart. He expected to become entertainment for the wealthy. He did not expect Konstam Khan. (4,150 words, written for [archiveofourown.org profile] qwerty)

And, now that it won't cause weird complications, I have hand-uploaded the accompanying fic that used to be the opening scenes of what I'd planned as the much, much, much longer version of "To Be of Use," namely:

Cut Clean: There weren't many labor slaves in Cardsburg, but Joris knew how the world worked. He just never expected the knowledge to become personal. (2,375 words)

These are both fanfiction for Diana Wynne Jones's The Homeward Bounders, a wonderful YA fantasy whose conceit is that a group of demon-like beings called Them run the multiverse as a bunch of real-life war games. People who discover the truth are exiled to walk the Boundaries, traveling from world to world until they get Home.

Jamie Hamilton, a boy from a version of England circa 1880, is our narrator. In his wanderings he meets other Homeward Bounders, most notably Helen Haras-Uquara, whose world is like a real-life version of Dungeons and Dragons (she's a cleric equivalent), and Joris, an apprentice demon hunter who is also a slave. They realize they can direct their travels instead of waiting for Them to fling them about, and begin to fight back.

It's a great book with a very powerful ending and you should read it.

You should also go read my fanfiction, which, though sadly not nearly as sublime as DWJ's own work, still isn't half bad... if I do say so myself. *wry*
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Yuletide reveal day!

I wrote To Be of Use for [archiveofourown.org profile] qwerty, aka [livejournal.com profile] xsmoonshine. The fandom is Diana Wynne Jones's The Homeward Bounders, a YA fantasy book. (The slightly revised ff.net version is here; basically, I killed a typo and smoothed some minor narrative flow and clarity issues.)

I shall summarize the book for those of you (which is probably most of you, sadly) who have not read it: There are many, many worlds, and there is a group of demon-like beings called Them who run all the worlds as a set of giant war games, like Risk. Now and then people discover the truth and are exiled to walk the Boundaries, which means they travel from world to world trying to get Home.

Jamie Hamilton, a boy from a version of England circa 1880, is our narrator. In the course of his wanderings he meets other Homeward Bounders, most notably Helen Haras-Uquara, whose world is rather like a real-life version of Dungeons and Dragons (she's kind of a cleric equivalent), and Joris, an apprentice demon hunter who is also a slave. They realize they can direct their own travels instead of waiting for Them to fling them about, and begin to fight back.

The brilliant thing about The Homeward Bounders as a fanfiction source is that it has so many possibilities -- infinite worlds to choose as settings and a lot of interesting characters who clearly had lives before they were rudely yanked out of them and will most likely continue to have interesting lives after the end of the book. But my story deals only with Joris and his master, Konstam Khan.

Joris thinks Konstam is the most amazing person in the world (and to be fair, he's mostly right), but he hates being a slave. Fortunately, Konstam reveals during the course of the book that he plans to manumit Joris as soon as he turns eighteen; he'd do it sooner but that would be illegal. (I think Konstam thought his intentions were obvious, which, clearly, they were not to Joris; they seem to have a slight culture clash over the issue of slavery.)

To Be of Use is an explanation of how Konstam and Joris first met, and why Konstam bought a slave when he doesn't seem enamored of slavery as an institution. It's also a small demon hunting adventure, because this is Joris and Konstam. (One is a rich scion of a world-famous family! The other is his slave! Together, They Fight Demons! *grin*)
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Happy New Year! Here are 23 Yuletide 2008 recs, just under the wire of anonymity. Fandoms include Captain Britain and MI-13, Eve Forward - Villains by Necessity, Guy Gavriel Kay - The Lions of Al-Rassan, Jim Butcher - The Dresden Files, Joan D. Vinge - Psion trilogy, Karin Lowachee - Warchild trilogy, L. Frank Baum - Oz series, Lloyd Alexander - The Chronicles of Prydain, Lloyd Alexander - Westmark trilogy, Lucifer, Madeleine L'Engle - Many Waters, Neil Gaiman - Murder Mysteries, Patricia McKillip - Riddle-Master trilogy, Philip Pullman - His Dark Materials, Stephen King - The Dark Tower series, Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Tad Williams - Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Terry Pratchett - Discworld, and xkcd. (The ones I especially liked are marked with asterisks.)

Yuletide 2008 recs )
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Happy New Year! Here are 23 Yuletide 2008 recs, just under the wire of anonymity. Fandoms include Captain Britain and MI-13, Eve Forward - Villains by Necessity, Guy Gavriel Kay - The Lions of Al-Rassan, Jim Butcher - The Dresden Files, Joan D. Vinge - Psion trilogy, Karin Lowachee - Warchild trilogy, L. Frank Baum - Oz series, Lloyd Alexander - The Chronicles of Prydain, Lloyd Alexander - Westmark trilogy, Lucifer, Madeleine L'Engle - Many Waters, Neil Gaiman - Murder Mysteries, Patricia McKillip - Riddle-Master trilogy, Philip Pullman - His Dark Materials, Stephen King - The Dark Tower series, Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Tad Williams - Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Terry Pratchett - Discworld, and xkcd. (The ones I especially liked are marked with asterisks.)

Yuletide 2008 recs )
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I didn't start writing my Yuletide story until fairly late in the game, but I'd been outlining it in my head for nearly a week before that. The trouble is that the story as outlined required too much time to write, so I sectioned off the second part as a standalone. (This worked because the original plan involved four or five mini-stories that all built together toward a unified effect.)

Anyway, I chopped the first 1,500 words off into a separate file and today I put a rough conclusion onto that section (which had not been necessary before, when it led into the section that became my posted story). Sometime after the author reveal, I will ask if anyone is willing to check it over for me, because right now I think it's kind of hammer in the face unsubtle on the thematic front.

I may or may not get around to doing something with the other parts of my original outline, but I still got two stories for the price of one, which is, I think, a pretty good deal.
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I didn't start writing my Yuletide story until fairly late in the game, but I'd been outlining it in my head for nearly a week before that. The trouble is that the story as outlined required too much time to write, so I sectioned off the second part as a standalone. (This worked because the original plan involved four or five mini-stories that all built together toward a unified effect.)

Anyway, I chopped the first 1,500 words off into a separate file and today I put a rough conclusion onto that section (which had not been necessary before, when it led into the section that became my posted story). Sometime after the author reveal, I will ask if anyone is willing to check it over for me, because right now I think it's kind of hammer in the face unsubtle on the thematic front.

I may or may not get around to doing something with the other parts of my original outline, but I still got two stories for the price of one, which is, I think, a pretty good deal.
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Merry Christmas!

The church service last night was lovely, and for once we sang mostly unaltered carols -- they went so far as to print the original words in the order of service in order to avoid the edited versions in the hymnal. Ah, UUs. :-)

Also! The Yuletide stories are up!

I cannot (obviously) point you to the one I wrote, but here is the one written for me: Restante, a Westmark fanfic, in which Mickle writes two letters to Sparrow after the end of The Beggar Queen. It's lovely and faithful to the books, and it broke my heart just a little (in a good way).
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Merry Christmas!

The church service last night was lovely, and for once we sang mostly unaltered carols -- they went so far as to print the original words in the order of service in order to avoid the edited versions in the hymnal. Ah, UUs. :-)

Also! The Yuletide stories are up!

I cannot (obviously) point you to the one I wrote, but here is the one written for me: Restante, a Westmark fanfic, in which Mickle writes two letters to Sparrow after the end of The Beggar Queen. It's lovely and faithful to the books, and it broke my heart just a little (in a good way).
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

I'm pretty easy to please, really -- so long as you write a grammatically correct story that isn't simply a long sex scene, I'll be thrilled just to get a fic in one of the fandoms I asked for. *grin* But I realize that's not terribly helpful, so here's the (very!) long version.

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General Information )

Okay. On to specific fandoms.

***************

Westmark )

***************

The Lions of Al-Rassan )

***************

Heroes Die & Blade of Tyshalle )

***************

Song for the Basilisk )

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ETA: I will try my best to comment on Christmas morning, but time and family constraints may prevent more than a general "Yay, thank you!" and then I won't have internet access again until Sunday the 28th. But I will be very appreciative nonetheless!
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

I'm pretty easy to please, really -- so long as you write a grammatically correct story that isn't simply a long sex scene, I'll be thrilled just to get a fic in one of the fandoms I asked for. *grin* But I realize that's not terribly helpful, so here's the (very!) long version.

***************

General Information )

Okay. On to specific fandoms.

***************

Westmark )

***************

The Lions of Al-Rassan )

***************

Heroes Die & Blade of Tyshalle )

***************

Song for the Basilisk )

***************

ETA: I will try my best to comment on Christmas morning, but time and family constraints may prevent more than a general "Yay, thank you!" and then I won't have internet access again until Sunday the 28th. But I will be very appreciative nonetheless!

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